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North Carolina Tells Supreme Court It's Giving Up Fight Over 'Jim Crow' Voting Law

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 02.21.2017 | Politics

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) announced Tuesday he was dropping his state’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court over a 2013 voting bill that a fed...

Obama Says Voting Barriers Are Directly Linked To Jim Crow And Slavery

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he believes that efforts to make it more difficult to vote in the United States are an extension of the legacy o...

United Is Far From Our National Heritage

Murray Forseter | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

Hardly any politician does not extol his or her commitment to unifying the country while lamenting, sometimes in extraordinarily harsh language, the divisive nature of his or her opponent.

What It Was Like For A Freedom Rider Whose Bus Was Firebombed By The KKK

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 05.04.2016 | OWN

Warning: Content in the video and article may be disturbing. Discretion advised. On May 4, 1961, a group of nonviolent protesters boarded buses in Was...

Rosa Parks Honored With A Reserved Front Seat On Texas Buses

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.01.2015 | Black Voices

Dallas Area Rapid Transit in Texas is commemorating Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955 by reserving the front seat on ...

Art Student Hangs 'Black Only' And 'White Only' Signs Around University Campus

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.20.2015 | Arts

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, students of the University of Buffalo were shocked to find "White Only" and "Black Only" signs hung near campus bathrooms. Stu...

'Have You No Sense of Decency?'

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 most of the white South has sought to undo this act in practice. But no smokescreen around such bywords as "states' rights" and "voter fraud" can obscure this disgraceful development.

Frederick Douglass and Southern Politics

Steven Conn | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

Nearly 170 years after Frederick Douglass published his autobiography, Ta-Nehisi Coates has published his own expression of what it is like to be black in these United States. As we read this book, it is worth remembering what Douglass taught us: Racial injustice, rooted in the very bones of the nation, has poisoned us all.

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2016 | Home
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

After Being Denied In 1942, 92-Year-Old Woman Finally Receives Her Library Card

The Huffington Post | Taryn FInley | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices

Ninety-two-year-old Pearl Thompson was a student at Shaw University in 1942 when she attempted to check out a book from the Olivia Raney Library in Ra...

America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

MLK Day: Changed Attitudes, Mindsets and Practices for the Greater Good of Everyone

Gary Pieters | Posted 03.20.2015 | Black Voices
Gary Pieters

King believed that "intelligence plus character ... is the goal of true education." In this respect, King in both word and deed demonstrated many of the character attributes that are essential to building and sustaining great communities.

It's Time for 'Freedom Summer 2015'

Mary Buffett | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Mary Buffett

We need to have a national effort to counteract what has taken place in the last decade. We need to restore the millions of names that have been purged from the voter rolls.

State Lawmakers Look To Repeal Jim Crow Law Still On The Books

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

A group of state lawmakers in North Carolina is undertaking a new effort to eliminate a racist relic of the Jim Crow era that remains enshrined in the...

Trash-Talking America

William E. White | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
William E. White

If we ever hope to sponsor a productive debate in this country, we will have to spend as much time listening as we do talking. Grandstanding, posturing, and trash-talking the country is not helping.

The Tuskegee Airmen Discuss Their Battle During WWII With Discrimination

Lee Allport | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Lee Allport

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first group of African-American military aviators. They fought in WWII and although they were risking their lives for our country, they were still subjected to Jim Crow laws.

North Carolina Amendment 1: Jim Crow 2.0

Joe Calder | Posted 07.08.2012 | Teen
Joe Calder

My question to all North Carolinians is this: Do we really want Amendment 1 of the North Carolina Constitution to restrict the rights of fellow citizens?

Escaping Jim Crow in Florida

Desmond Meade | Posted 03.29.2012 | Miami
Desmond Meade

I'm an American that's free enough to vote and practice law in South Carolina, then I should be free enough to vote and practice law in Florida. Redemption and restoration should be a prevailing spirit throughout the borders of the U.S.

Modern-Day 'Jim Crow' School Segregation?

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.23.2011 | Education

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, director of the University of Minnesota Law School’s Institute on Race & Poverty Myron Orfield said that chart...

Paige Lavender

WATCH: Bill Clinton Goes After Voter ID Bills | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former President Bill Clinton went after Republican governors and legislators on Wednesday for their "disciplined, passionate, determine...

An Honest Man's Story Offers a Compelling Civil Rights Lesson

Kate Kelly | Posted 06.13.2011 | Education
Kate Kelly

To teach about civil rights, we need the stories of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, but we also need the stories of the unsung heroes like Worcy Crawford (1917-2010).

Want a job with incoming NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman? Then you'd better study up on Charles Hamilton Houston!

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Claudia Ricci

Eric Schneiderman, who is poised to become New York State's next Attorney General in just a few short weeks, has been interviewing a lot of lawyers la...

White Man's Burden: A History of Nationalism from Leonard Zeskind (VIDEO)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Zeskind explained to me in this interview that many of the mainstream mouthpieces bemoaning the disenfranchised white man are pandering to an existent culture ingrained with separatism.

Lock-up: What Behind the Mass Incarceration Across the Nation?

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

Where have all the black men gone? Michelle Alexander, in her recently released book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, answers the question head on.

2009 Gary Roosevelt High School Commencement Address

Robert D. Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert D. Patterson

I really wanted to help them understand that despite the positive changes in the current political landscape, they will need to be prepared for the inevitable backlash.